4 Times An NBA Team SAVED A Player's Career

  • Published on Mar 5, 2018
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    Welcome back everybody to Sporting Logically, today we are talking about NBA players whose careers were saved by an NBA franchise. For each of these players, there is a clear crossroads in their career - a point in time in which it seemed their time as an NBA player was over. This could be for a number of reasons - returning from serious injury, seeing almost no individual success in their first few seasons in the league, or even having great success early on... only for their production to fizzle out over time. But regardless of the situation, it was clear that each of these players seemed to be only a blip on the radar of NBA teams. That is of course until, as the title implies, one team decided to give them a shot - one last chance to prove themselves worthy of an NBA roster spot - and as a result of that chance, they revitalized their careers and became valuable contributors in the NBA. Obviously each of these guys worked hard to improve their game to become a solid NBA player, but there is also little doubt that the structure of their new team played a big part in their growth as well. Before we start, obviously there are more than 4 instances of this occurring throughout NBA history - these guys are just my favorites and the ones I find most interesting... but if you have some other guys in mind for this list, be sure to share them in the comments section below. Lets go ahead and get started.
    1 - Gerald Green, New Jersey Nets
    2 - Javale McGee, Golden State Warriors
    3 - Danny Green, San Antonio Spurs
    4 - Shaun Livingston, Brooklyn Nets
    *All stats are sourced from basketballreference.com and are accurate as of 3/5/18*
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Comments • 299

  • Longway Bankroll Fresh

    Iman taylor I meant shumpert

  • Bkgiest
    Bkgiest 29 days ago

    The Nets being a dumpster fire has provided opportunity for players. Now that they are over the Celtics fleece, whos gonna save careers now?

  • levi leszek
    levi leszek Month ago

    Do a video if legends played in today’s league

  • George Hunter
    George Hunter Month ago

    Chaucey Billups

  • GiacomoSpaggiari_
    GiacomoSpaggiari_ Month ago

    Gerald Green 💥

  • markeith davis
    markeith davis Month ago

    Lance Stephenson

  • rafedavis1984
    rafedavis1984 Month ago

    Boris diaw was cut from the worst team in history and was able to be a huge contributor in the spurs championship run

  • Themistoklis16
    Themistoklis16 Month ago

    Nuggets Birdman

  • CPGoat #3
    CPGoat #3 2 months ago

    No tyson Chandler,

  • Crispy
    Crispy 2 months ago


  • Anto
    Anto 2 months ago

    Where is Jeremy Lamb?

  • Mik Wagenaar
    Mik Wagenaar 2 months ago

    Victor aldiapo

  • Ben Dova
    Ben Dova 3 months ago

    Javel on the Lakers now lol this going to be fun to watch

  • real isrealite
    real isrealite 3 months ago

    Livingston plays defense on the other teams big guard or small forward.Solid defender and too much for most guards to stop 15 ft in.

  • Meeow Mee
    Meeow Mee 3 months ago

    Warriors destroy many nba carrers

  • Terry Hesticles
    Terry Hesticles 3 months ago

    The Indiana Pacers tried with Lance Stephenson, but he's a greedy ass bitch.

  • Anthony Jaramillo
    Anthony Jaramillo 3 months ago

    What about the Spurs and Boris diaw and Jonathan Simmons?

  • Aerus Ph.D.
    Aerus Ph.D. 3 months ago

    Sean Livingston is one of my favorite players. Happy for him.

  • Boston Baller
    Boston Baller 3 months ago

    Isaiah Thomas

  • metaldude4563
    metaldude4563 3 months ago

    Isaiah Thomas with the Celtics

  • world wonder
    world wonder 3 months ago

    Now McGee is an importal piece on GSW. Congrats McGee🏆🏆🏆

  • hunyango
    hunyango 3 months ago

    I am happy with how shaun livingstons career turnsout, after that injury i was really skeptical and sad coz i know how good he is and he is really a solid back up pg. i am really happy that he career is really going strong and he has 2 championship rings already. VERY HAPPY FOR YOU SHAUN!!!

  • Donell Clemons
    Donell Clemons 3 months ago

    Dennis Rodman before he sign with the bulls

  • Lattrice Robinson Jr
    Lattrice Robinson Jr 3 months ago

    Victor Oladipo

  • Iosua Iosua
    Iosua Iosua 3 months ago

    People are stupid when it comes to Javale Mcgee he's got the thing you can't teach SIZE, LENGTH & HOPZ! I'd keep him in the paint all day blockin fools and throwing down the occasional A-Oop

  • Big Poppa Botch
    Big Poppa Botch 3 months ago

    The Warriors made Kent Bazemore and Mo Speights desirable options for wannabe contenders, then made JaVale McGee and Swaggy P champions, 'nuff said

  • clipside
    clipside 3 months ago

    Swaggy p... from getting snitched to getting rings

  • P L
    P L 3 months ago

    JaVale McGee > Shaq

  • P L
    P L 3 months ago

    How to turn an NBA career around?

    Go to GSW

  • jordan michael
    jordan michael 3 months ago

    2 player are on the gsw and 1 spurs are all champion

  • Grand Slam
    Grand Slam 3 months ago

    Dallas 2011 many old guys got their rings.

  • NextLevel CADEN
    NextLevel CADEN 3 months ago

    Javale 2019 MVP

  • ian restrivera
    ian restrivera 3 months ago

    Andre Iguodala

  • kevin wu
    kevin wu 3 months ago

    If you look at GSW roster and all their bench players you begin to realise how well GSW has actually used these players.

  • Greg S
    Greg S 3 months ago

    Dennis Rodman was traded to the Bulls in 95 from the Spurs for Will Purdue. He won 3 more rings so I guess you can say that the Bulls saved his career.

  • ernest valdes
    ernest valdes 3 months ago

    James Johnson Miami Heat for sure!

  • David Talkington
    David Talkington 3 months ago

    How can a bench player in the NBA make 8 million a year? Wow lol

  • Sam Liuliu
    Sam Liuliu 4 months ago

    Green played for Indiana to

  • gwapsgarcia
    gwapsgarcia 4 months ago

    Gsw gave mcgee a new beginning. Even if they shoudav lost to rockets he still proved to be useful. Meanwhile lebron making him and nick a champion what a great guy.

  • Sean Molloy
    Sean Molloy 4 months ago

    Half the people who play for Pop or Stevens.

  • Chris W
    Chris W 4 months ago

    Yo you forgot p.j tucker

  • Spenser Cruz
    Spenser Cruz 4 months ago

    Livingston if he got a chance sooner following the injury might have been able to be a much larger contributor

  • Madara Senju
    Madara Senju 4 months ago +2

    I already knew livingston was coming and warriors is the team that saved him

  • John K
    John K 4 months ago

    What about Jeff green?

  • John K
    John K 4 months ago

    Mcgee is the poster boy for being carried

  • Pinay Singapore
    Pinay Singapore 4 months ago

    Warriors are good in seeing gold in the trash.
    Who would have thought Javale West and Shaun ending careers are are not yet over.

  • RiseAndShine
    RiseAndShine 4 months ago

    Now Ma boi javale 2 time NBA champ!

  • ivan
    ivan 4 months ago

    Quin Cook

  • Вася Лаврентьев

    Victor Oladipo?

  • Anthony Coleman
    Anthony Coleman 4 months ago

    Latrell Sprewell with the Knicks

  • Sid Jones
    Sid Jones 4 months ago

    The Nets and Cavs cut good players.

  • UnXpctd79Mo Lowe
    UnXpctd79Mo Lowe 4 months ago

    Y'all don't get it, at all SMH! Look at all the players who put in work to chase the title, and only end up with a HOF speech, or just a great career and highlight list. NBA is sad.

  • asterisk911
    asterisk911 4 months ago

    4:23 You're getting your Greens mixed up.

  • Blue Sky
    Blue Sky 4 months ago +1

    Heard that it was Iguodala that got GSW to give McGee a chance. Glad that under GSW coaching, McGee had improved his basketball IQ. I also think that his goofs put other players guard down, that he could sneak to the rim.

    • UnXpctd79Mo Lowe
      UnXpctd79Mo Lowe 4 months ago

      Blue Sky Ok. Agreed, this goofy dude maybe playn the part of dummy, but has a championship ring. Other well known/great players have to sit back and watch the bullshit unfold. SMDH some players would want a ring next to being inducted into the HOF, but...

  • Bass Anglerxxx
    Bass Anglerxxx 4 months ago +1

    Chauncey Billups

  • Christopher Rajkumar
    Christopher Rajkumar 4 months ago

    Only clicked for my boy Javale

  • Anthony Coleman
    Anthony Coleman 4 months ago +1

    Rajon Rondo

  • Kwadwo Obeng Kyei-Baffour

    It seems the Nets are pretty good at reviving careers

  • Tony Raffetto
    Tony Raffetto 4 months ago

    The thumbnail description is plenty, you dont need to describe it for a minute and a half to start

  • Miggy Popoy
    Miggy Popoy 4 months ago

    Mcgee is better than cavs centers

  • dondon sarino
    dondon sarino 4 months ago

    Javelle he deserve to have a ring

  • Goku Ultra Instinct
    Goku Ultra Instinct 4 months ago

    where's quinn cook?

  • ngflycloud
    ngflycloud 4 months ago

    So uplifting to see Livingston come back from that horrible terrifying injury, i shiver every time remembering how his knee twisted.

  • IamGravel
    IamGravel 4 months ago

    Almost every veteran the Warriors signed after 2015 can be on this list.

  • Willie Wright
    Willie Wright 4 months ago

    Kevin Durant.....should be number 1

  • Mariah Lin
    Mariah Lin 4 months ago +3

    Warriors need to re-sign McGee for 2018/19. Play him as a starting C. Spread the minutes around with Damian Jones and Bell.

    • Mariah Lin
      Mariah Lin 3 months ago +1

      Zaza is gone for sure. Dwight is a nice prospect but not a critical piece.
      McGee's asthma isn't the real problem, he can definitely play 20 mins. The issue is whether he can maintain his composure and decision making over longer time frames.

    • Jaime Ramir Apostol
      Jaime Ramir Apostol 3 months ago

      but Mcgee's ashthma limits him to just 15 to 20 minutes of play. maybe trade Zaza and get Dwight Howard for GSW.

  • g barnwell
    g barnwell 4 months ago +4

    Key to NBA players...know your role. You can stay in the league!!!!

  • Steady Freddy
    Steady Freddy 4 months ago

    What about Kyle Lowry, Toronto Raptors?

  • juan sute
    juan sute 4 months ago +4

    Mcgee is now two time NBA champion 😂😂😂😂. Half the amount of rings as Shaq and going.

  • juan sute
    juan sute 4 months ago +1

    Nice video

  • Koby W
    Koby W 4 months ago

    Quin Cook's story is really cool, he has a very similar situation

  • Sweet Strawberry
    Sweet Strawberry 4 months ago


  • Big Sweaty
    Big Sweaty 4 months ago +1

    Tracy Murray with Toronto in 96

    • Anthony Coleman
      Anthony Coleman 4 months ago

      Big Sweaty Oh shit Tracy Murray lol you went waayyy back!

    • Big Sweaty
      Big Sweaty 4 months ago

      Bill Walton with the Celtics. Alonzo Mourning with the Heat. Right off the top of my head. Theres plenty I bet.

  • Andrew Awesome fantasy
    Andrew Awesome fantasy 4 months ago

    Tyreke Evans?

  • Tevin Coley
    Tevin Coley 4 months ago +25

    If u want to save your career just go to golden state to be honest they do get the best out of players

  • Sally Dela cruz
    Sally Dela cruz 4 months ago

    Warriors are career saviors... McGee, Matt Barnes, David West, Nick Young, Shaun Livingston...

  • Will
    Will 4 months ago

    Now you need to add Nick Young

  • forcedair 92gt
    forcedair 92gt 4 months ago

    Looks like Golden State is the Oakland Raiders of the NBA. Al Davis used to sign guys and have them be productive when it looked like they were washed up.

  • Ling Qi
    Ling Qi 4 months ago +2

    Derrick Rose and Vince Carter should join the GSW ride

  • Milton Muller
    Milton Muller 4 months ago +1

    starts at 1:09

  • Lemsickle04 Is god
    Lemsickle04 Is god 4 months ago

    Why is ur penis so small

  • Spark Gang
    Spark Gang 4 months ago

    LONZO ball nba saved him from dying cuz of his dad

  • the breaking dohn
    the breaking dohn 4 months ago

    Lol every highlight of McGee is Ally cops..

  • DWills Ju Hearrd
    DWills Ju Hearrd 4 months ago

    what about RAY ALLEN?! GAME 6 !!!

  • Ethan Hung
    Ethan Hung 4 months ago


  • Ultimate Matthew
    Ultimate Matthew 4 months ago

    LINSANITY should have been on the list bro.

  • Johnny Alvarez
    Johnny Alvarez 4 months ago +12

    McGee is better than Jordan and Lebron .. why?? McGee won shaqtin a foool and nba champion ..

  • EddieRHS
    EddieRHS 4 months ago

    In all of these cases, it’s not necessarily true that it was the team these players landed on that revitalized their career. It is entirely possible that another team could have picked them up and they would have had the same success. Their revitalization could just as easily be prescribed to where they were at in their professional development at that time

  • drtij_dzienz
    drtij_dzienz 4 months ago

    Zach Randolph in Memphis, linsanity on Knick’s, lance stephenson on pacers, joe ingles on jazz, rondo on pelicans,

  • Joshua Godwin
    Joshua Godwin 4 months ago

    4:23 you messed up Danny Green not Gerald Green

  • Ashton Dyson
    Ashton Dyson 4 months ago

    Dwight Howard, Kyle Korver, Vince Carter

  • MBM II
    MBM II 4 months ago

    JR Smith

  • Alex Mammoth
    Alex Mammoth 5 months ago

    Utah Jazz and Joe Ingles

  • Neil-Andrei Nilo
    Neil-Andrei Nilo 5 months ago +1

    Matt Barnes Isaiah Thomas

  • Oddbergur Eiríksson
    Oddbergur Eiríksson 5 months ago

    DeMarre Carroll with the Jazz

  • Troika Inc
    Troika Inc 5 months ago

    Derrick rose

  • Matthew Allman
    Matthew Allman 5 months ago

    Kyle Lowry, Toronto Raptors

  • Ben Hochgesang
    Ben Hochgesang 5 months ago +1

    Lance stephenson

    • Terry Hesticles
      Terry Hesticles 3 months ago +1

      Sadly, the MF just didn't learn his lesson the first time, and has now went on to stupidly leave the Pacers organization yet again!

  • SalmonBIGBOMB
    SalmonBIGBOMB 5 months ago

    Also Trey Burke with the Knicks and kinda Andre Ingram with the Lakers

  • SalmonBIGBOMB
    SalmonBIGBOMB 5 months ago

    Everyone's career would be revived if they play for the Nets. Except for Anthony Bennett